In the middle of writing an article for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the Performing Arts Exchange, a touring conference running Wednesday through Saturday here in Pittsburgh, it occurred to me that this Friday, with various PAE and independent showcases, was a bonanza for dance and other arts lovers…and mostly FREE. The PAE website is a little tricky to navigate, so I’ll save you the trouble and list the dance related offerings. Everything is short – 15 or 20 minutes – much like the above-mentioned menu tasting and all within a few blocks of each other. Some feature complimentary light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Also on tap — the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl, opening of the Pittsburgh Dance Council season and Pittsburgh Festival of Lights. Enjoy!
5:30-9 p.m. – THE PILLOW PROJECT – Cultural Trust Educational Center, 805/807 Liberty Avenue, Lower Level – “Quantum Crumple Amnesia,” an ongoing multi-media dance installation every half hour re-exploring the same idea we don’t ever remember ever having.
5:45-7:45 – MOQUETTE VOLANTE – Katz Plaza – Middle Eastern dance company, featuring performance (5:45 p.m.), bellydance lesson/jam (6:45 p.m.), performance (7:15 p.m.).
6-7:30 p.m. – PENNPAT DANCES! – Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue – Attack Theatre, Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble, Pasion y Arte.
6-7:30 p.m. – SQUONK OPERA, CAPA – Three 20 minute multi-media showcases of “Mayhem and Majesty” at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m.
6:30-8 p.m. – DANCE ALLOY – 805/807 Liberty Avenue, second floor – Creative Movement for Beginners (6:30 p.m.), Modern Movement for Adults (7 p.m.), Hip Hop for Everyone (7:30 p.m.).
7:15-9:15 p.m. – KNOT DANCE – The Verve 360 Wellness Studio, 142 Sixth Street, Third Floor – Debut of Maddy Landi’s BareBones Series. Called “Fall in Love,” it’s a “whimsical fairy tale filled with Food Fights, Fun and French Chanson.” Shows at 7:15, 8 and 8:45 p.m.
7:30- 9 p.m. – ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO – Cha-Cha (7:30 p.m.), Tango (8 p.m.), Swing (8:30 p.m.).
7:30-11 p.m. – PAE JURIED SHOWCASES – August Wilson Center – White Ghost Shivers, VIVER BRAZIL (Dance, 7:50 p.m.), POST Comedy Theatre, Inner City All-Stars, Cimarron, ArchDream for HUMANKIND, Raul Midon, The Water Coolers, Scott Ainslie.
8-10 p.m. – RIOULT- Byham Theater – Opening the Pittsburgh Dance Council season, this New York modern dance company has a program that features works by Bach, Ravel and Stravinsky. More to follow on CrossCurrents. For ticket info, click on Rioult.
SUNDOWN – PITTSBURGH FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – Various themes projected onto the sides of four Pittsburgh buildings all, along Penn Avenue. Look for “Splendors” (David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 10th St.), “Hope,” (Catholic Charities Building, 9th St.), “Old Bones” (Mahla Office Furniture, 8th St.) and “Cascade” (Heinz Hall, 7th St.).
7:30 p.m. – ? p.m. – ATTACK THEATRE – Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue – Game Night & The Seven-Minute Dance Series, a combination of movement and libations.